Author, Professor To Sign New Book At WNMU Museum

Nov 12, 2013

  Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University Museum announces abook-signing event on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. for Dr. Emma G. Bailey, WNMU Professor Sociology and Alicia K. Edwards, Executive Director of the Grant County Volunteer Center. Together they have written and photographed the new book We Are Hope: Women Living Beyond the Violence of Ciudad Juarez.

We Are Hope is the story of a small group of women living in Juárez who have intentionally come together to empower themselves so they can not only face their reality, but change it. Told with poignant and emotional photographs, We Are Hope invites the reader into the lives of these women. Through the women's words and poetry, we see how despair melts away into action as the women fight for a future filled with dignity and peace.

Since 2006, Dr. Emma Bailey has interactively conducted research in Juárez, Mexico. Her numerous trips to interview the women and explore the hardships women and families face have revealed the power women are taking to survive. The power is evident as seen in the photos taken by professional photographer Alicia Edwards.

In 2010, Bailey and Edwards revealed to our community the story that many of the women of Juárez endure in Convergence, a photographic exhibition displayed at the University Museum. Now the book many have eagerly awaited to see is finished. Bailey summarizes the violence, drugs, murder, and poverty in her collection of essays in the book.

The book signing will take place on the main floor of the University Museum. Books will be sold at the event at $20 each. The WNMU Museum is located at the top of 10th street just below the University bell tower. WNMU Museum hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Museum at 575-538-6386, or email